Comprehensive Listing of Europe-Themed Fringe Events and of Fringe Events Featuring MEPs





Sunday, 30 September 2012



Europe – moving beyond austerity onto plan B

Labour Movement for Europe (LME), Brussels Labour, and European Movement

Chair: Lord Kinnock, Brussels Labour & LME

Speakers: Richard Howitt MEP; Petros Fassoulas, European Movement; Axelle Lemaire, French Deputy for Northern Europe; Alison McGovern MP; Lucy Powell, PPC Manchester Central; Emma Reynolds MP, Shadow Minister for Europe; David Schoibl, Chair of Labour Movement for Europe

People’s History Museum – Engine Hall, Left Bank, Spinningfields, M3 3ER (outside secure zone)



Better for Britain: Where next for Britain in Europe?

European Parliamentary Labour Party, S&D in the European Parliament

Chair: Kevin Maguire, Daily Mirror

Speakers: Glenis Willmott MEP, Leader, EPLP; Emma Reynolds MP, Shadow Minister for Europe; Paul Kenny, General Secretary, GMB

Manchester Central – Charter 3



Europe, from crisis to growth

CER, BNE and Open Europe

Chair: Phillip Souta, Director, Business for New Europe

Speakers: Douglas Alexander MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary; Charles Grant, Director, Centre for European Reform; Mats Persson, Director, Open Europe

Manchester Central – Exchange 2-3 Combined



Turkey in the European Union: A stronger vision for Middle East and North Africa?

Labour Friends of Turkey and Labour Movement for Europe

Chair: Cllr Nilgun Canver

Speakers: Jack Straw MP, Emma Reynolds MP, Shadow Europe Minster; Claude Moraes MEP, Dpt. Leader EPLP;His Excellency, Mr. Unal Cevikoz, Turkish Abassador to the UK

Manchester Central – Exchange 4-5 Combined



Progress rally

Chair: Simon Fanshawe

Speakers: Lord Adonis, Chair, Progress; Hilary Benn MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government; Ben Bradshaw MP; Michael Cashman MEP, Chair, NEC; Caroline Flint MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change; Jane Kennedy, Police Commissioner candidate for Merseyside; Marvin Rees, Bristol Mayoral Candidate; Stephen Twigg MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education; Chuka Umunna MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Busines

Comedy Store – The Auditorium (outside secure zone)



Manc Night

Manchester Labour & Labour North West,

Featuring: Arlene McCarthy MEP and Lucy Powell PPC

Admission: Tickets are strictly limited – email

Sam’s Chop House (outside secure zone)



Beers of Europe

Open Europe

featuring: Emma Reynolds MP, Shadow Europe Minister

Manchester Central – Exchange 4-5 Combined


Monday, 1 October 2012



Growth & Innovation, but for what?

Policy Network

Speakers: Andrew Adonis, Labour member of the House of Lords; Roger Liddle, Labour peer and chair of Policy Network; Vicky Pryce, economist and former joint head of the UK Government Economic Service; Mariana Mazzucato, professor in science and technology policy, University of Sussex

Manchester – for further info please email Katherine Roberts



Is Europe damaging the future for Britain’s science industries?

Chemical Industries Association

Chair Andrew Miller MP, Chair, Science and Technology Select Committee (Commons).

Speakers: Douglas Alexander MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary

The Midland Hotel – Chester Suite


Fringe Guide interrupted

Conference Timetable

09:30 – 12:45

EPLP REPORT – Glenis Wilmott MEP, Leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party –[between WELSH REPORT and BRITAIN IN THE WORLD]

Conference Hall

Fringe Guide continued



Responding to the Euro crisis: An agenda for jobs and growth

European Parliamentary Labour Party, S&D in the European Parliament

Chair Larry Elliott, Economics Editor, The Guardian

Speakers: Arlene McCarthy MEP, Economic Spokesperson, EPLP; International Guest Speaker

Manchester Central – Exchange 11



Should there be a referendum on our EU membership?

Labour Euro-Safeguards Campaign

Chair: Austin Mitchell MP

Speakers: Kate Hoey MP; Mark Seddon, People’s Pledge; Graham Stringer MP

Jury’s Inn – Bridgewater Suite



The Eurozone crisis and the choice for Britain

Policy Network & The City of London

Speakers: Peter Hain, MP for Neath, West Glamorgan; Roger Liddle, chair of Policy Network and a Labour member of the House of Lords; Emma Reynolds, MP and shadow Europe minister; Arlene McCarthy, MEP and vice-chair, economic and monetary affairs committee, Brussels; Mark Boleat, Policy chairman , City of London

Reception Room, Manchester Town Hall



Irish Reception

Labour Party Irish Society, Irish Labour Party & SDLP

Speakers: Jack Wall TD, Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party in Dáil Éireann; Alasdair McDonnell MP, Leader of the SDLP; Vernon Coaker MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland; Brian Duggan, Chair of the Labour Party Irish Society

Manchester Central, Exchange 11

Reception open to all LPIS members. You can join LPIS on their website



Europe Reception

European Parliamentary Labour Party, S&D in the European Parliament

Chair Glenis Willmott MEP, Leader, EPLP

Speakers: Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party; Hannes Swoboda MEP, Leader, Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament;Eddie Izzard (invited)

The Midland Hotel – Alexandra Suite B



Informal Get-together & exchange of ideas with the delegation of the Czech Social Democratic Party

Labour Friends of the Czech Republic

Octagon Bar at the Midland Hotel


Tuesday, 2 October 2012



The rise of right-wing populism: Is the working class deserting the left across Europe?

Policy Network and The Barrow Cadbury Trust

Speakers: Natascha Engel, MP for North East Derbyshire; Owen Jones, columnist for The Independent; Anthony Painter, writer and political thinker; Liam Byrne, MP and shadow work and pensions secretary, TBC

Manchester Town Hall – Committee Room 2 (outside secure zone)



Keeping the lights on: Energy security in Europe and the UK

European Commission

Chair Tony Grew, Parliamentary Editor, PoliticsHome & The House magazine

Speakers: Philip Lowe, Director General for Energy, European Commission;Linda McAvan MEP, Member, Environment Committee;Shane Tomlinson, E3G, Third Generation Environmentalism; Paul Spence, EDF Energy

Manchester Central – Dods Central 7



Rebuilding the European Left (invitation-only private roundtable)

Fabian Society and Foundation of European Progressive Studies FEPS

Speakers: John Denham MP, PPS to Ed Miliband; Axelle Lemaire (Députée socialiste des français d’Europe du Nord)

Lord Mayor’s Parlour in Manchester Town Hall (outside secure zone)



International breakfast: Social democracy; renewal in tough times

European Parliamentary Labour Party with Labour International

Chair Michael Cashman MEP, Chair, Labour NEC

Speakers: Claude Moraes MEP, Deputy Leader, EPLP; Douglas Alexander MP,

Shadow Foreign Secretary; Sister Party guest speaker (invited)

Manchester Central – Exchange 9



Colombia. The struggle for peace and social justice

Justice For Colombia

Chair: Tony Woodhouse, Chair, Unite

Speakers: Frances O’Grady, Deputy General Secretary, TUC; Rob Flello MP, Vice Chair Parliamentary Friends of Colombia; Ellie Reeves, Chair, Britain in the World Policy Commission; Billy Hayes, General Secretary, CWU; Jo Stevens, Thompsons Solicitors; Richard Howitt MEP, Vice President, Justice for Colombia; Mick Whelan, General Secretary, ASLEF

Manchester Central – Charter 2



How to sustain the growth in rail travel

Transport Times

Chair Prof David Begg, Chief Executive, Transport Times

Speakers: John Woodcock MP, Shadow Minister for Transport; Brian Simpson MEP,Chairman, The European Parliament Transport and Tourism Committee;Steve Scrimshaw, Managing Director, Siemens Rail Systems; David Franks, Rail Director, Keolis UK

Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel – Stanley / Livingstone



We need to talk about Brussels: Is Europe part of the solution or part of the problem?

Business for New Europe sponsored by Aviva

Chair Rafael Behr, Chief Political Commentator, New Statesman

Manchester Central – Cobden 2



The state of the left: Labour and lessons from across Europe

Policy Network and The Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS)

Speakers: Axelle Lemaire; Patrick Diamond; Peter Kellner; Olaf Cramme

Manchester Town Hall – Reception Room (outside secure zone)



European Azerbaijan Society reception

Speakers: Gerry Sutcliffe MP; Richard Howitt MEP, Foreign Affairs Spokesperson

Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel – Barbirolli



Two speed Europe: are women being left behind?

Fabian Women’s Network, Fabian Society, and Labour Movement for Europe.

Featuring: Emma Reynolds MP, Shadow Minister for Europe; Ivana Bartoletti, editor, Fabiana; Linda McAvan MEP; Dr Roberta Guerrina, University of Surrey; Felicity Slater (chair).

Lord Mayor’s Parlour, Manchester Town Hall (outside secure zone)